Press Release

January 25, 2012

 

Florida man gets 20 years for traveling to Will County

to have sex with a minor he met on the Internet

 

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that a Florida man who traveled to Will County to have sex with a young girl he had befriended on the Internet will spend the next 20 years in prison.

 

Jon Filipkowski, 33, was sentenced on Wednesday by Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak. A jury in May found him guilty of four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of traveling to meet a minor.

 

Filipkowski, who was charged in July 2010, was posing as young boy in an Internet chat room for teens when he struck up a friendshp with the young girl. About a month into their online relationship, he revealed his true age and the chats became sexual in nature. In June 2010, he traveled to Will County to meet the girl, and had sex with the child in a local hotel room.

 

His involvement with the minor was confirmed after the victim’s older sister overheard a telephone conversation Filipkowski had with her.

 

“Jon Filipkowski used the Internet to manipulate a vulnerable child and steal her innocence,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow.  “He is exactly the type of dangerous predator my office warns parents and children about when we talk to them about protecting themselves online. The good news is he will have no opportunity to prey upon other children while he is in prison.” 

 

Assistant State’s Attorneys Chris Regis and James Long prosecuted Filipkowski, securing the conviction and lengthy sentence. As part of his sentence, Filipkowski must register for life as a sex offender after his release from prison.

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